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Gangland footsoldier facing extra year in jail for taking selfie

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Jamie Griffin
Jamie Griffin

THIS is the gangland footsoldier who is facing an additional 12 months behind bars after posting a mirror selfie from his Mountjoy cell showing him taking the photo with a contraband iPhone.

Thug Jamie Griffin – who previously carried out a savage knife attack on Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch’s nephew Del Boy Hutch – had the contraband phone seized from his cell on Thursday.

Bemused prison staff learned Griffin had the smuggled phone in his possession after he posted his mirror selfie on Facebook.

“This is probably as dumb as it gets,” a source told the Sunday World. “Lads do manage to get phones in here and often it’s dealt with internally as it’s difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are in possession.

“But to post a picture showing himself with the iPhone… well he’s just about ensured he has to be prosecuted for it now.”

Under regulations, a prisoner found to be in possession of a mobile faces a fine not exceeding €5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both.

Since the introduction of the regulations the penalties have rarely been handed down because of the difficulty in proving that inmates had possession of the phones seized during cell searches.

Griffin has, however, been posting images to Facebook over the past two months.

Using the phone, he also posted a warning on his page: “If your friends with me you know who I am. If not get the f**k off my page.”

Under his employment status he bizarrely identified himself as a manager at top-end retailer Brown Thomas, while listing his educational exploits as having studied German street dancing at Harvard University. Somewhat ironically, he also posted a comment saying: “I’m out in a few weeks ha!”

Griffin’s cell was raided on Thursday and he was moved to Mountjoy’s Challenging Behaviour Unit while authorities consider how they will deal with the matter.

The 21-year-old is considered to be a violent and volatile criminal by authorities.

He is currently serving a two-year sentence in connection with a violent attack in Ladbrokes bookies in Killinarden, Tallaght, on December 13, 2012.